winter gear hire & climbing kit list

Please do not go out and buy expensive winter equipment just to come on a course with us! Unless you are sure that this is the sport for you. Beg, borrow or …

Or you can hire from us in the meantime; take some advice from a reputable outdoor supplier or us; try out different gear with us; if you are new to the sport take a look on e-bay or in charity shops – you will be surprised what you can find there. When you are sure this is for you then go out and spend hundreds of pounds of your well earned cash.


What do I need?

Personal Clothing To Wear on the hill

Thermal base layer with good wicking quality– not cotton – top & bottoms

Polyester, fleece or woollen trousers and tops

Stiff climbing boots (leather or plastic)- you need at least a ¾ shank


Preferably two pairs of thicker hill socks – not nylon or thin socks.

Hat – to cover the ears, waterproof gloves and scarf or neck gaiter plus spares

Heavy-duty waterproof jacket and trousers with side zips – to get on / off over boots & crampons.

Personal Items of Gear and Spares to carry

Map (OS sheet 41) in a waterproof case & compass

Torch, preferably a head torch

Spare fleece or warm woollen top

Spare hat / scarf, gloves / waterproof gloves.

Flask or water bottle

Lunch plus spare food

Emergency survival bag (6’ by 3’ orange poly bag)

Rucksack (45 – 50ltrs) and liner

Whistle, Sunglasses and sun-cream

Ski goggles

Number of Days’ Hire Dates Booking


Who supplies what & where can I get it?

Group Items Supplied By Snowgoose Mountain Centre

All Technical Gear

Harness with adjustable leg loops and helmet

Belay plate and big screw-gate carabiner

All other technical climbing hardware

Ropes, dead “persons”, belay equipment

Guide books


First aid kit

Group Shelter

Our wiAll technical gear is supplied but if you do not have them ice axe, crampons will need to be hired at extra cost from us along with suitable stiff winter boots.

 Not included in our standard basic prices: |

Suitable winter boots; ice axe or crampons; map & compass; rucksack; any personal clothing – however most of these items can be provided or hired economically from us on site from our stores. Gondola uplift tickets at Nevis Range are also required for possibly the first one or two days – depending on the weather conditions.

Times & Meeting

We normally meet at 09.00 hrs at our meeting / lecture room at Snowgoose Mountain Centre. On weekend courses you need to be with us latest by 19.00 hrs on the Friday evening for the briefing / Winter Mountain Safety Talk / fitting of boots & crampons so that we can all maximise a full day on the hill on Saturday. We usually come off the hill by 17.00 hrs. Please plan your travel arrangements around these times.


Depending on the wishes of the group, the prevailing weather conditions & the length of the course the first day at least will normally be spent at Aonach Mor using the gondola up lift to maximise day light hours & snow conditions.